Potentially inappropriate prescribing among Australian veterans and war widows/widowers

Intern Med J. 2007 Jun;37(6):402-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2007.01316.x.


This study examined the extent of potentially inappropriate medicine, as defined by explicit criteria, dispensed to Australian veterans using the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Pharmacy Claims database. Twenty-one per cent of the 192,363 veterans aged 70 years, with an eligible gold card, were dispensed at least one potentially inappropriate medicine in the first 6 months of 2005. Long-acting benzodiazepines, amitriptyline, amiodarone, oxybutynin and doxepin were the medicines most commonly implicated. Strategies to support quality prescribing of medicines to the elderly must include a focus on these medicines.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Australia
  • Databases, Factual / trends
  • Drug Prescriptions*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medication Errors* / trends
  • Veterans*
  • Warfare*
  • Widowhood*